Best Tracks For Testing Headphones

Best Tracks For Testing Headphones

September 27, 2017 by Mixcder

To honestly test a pair of headphones, reviewers need to listen critically to some music, probably a lot, over and over and over again. The best headphone test tracks are songs you know really well.

However if you intend to find out what tracks the professional reviewers use, this is the article for you. In this article, you can find top test tracks for wireless headphones which are provided by a famous online reviewer.

It’s worth noting, up front, that these are tracks some reviewers would also use in the process of reviewing, but never as the only music to judge a pair of headphones (or other audio gear). These are best thought of as a starting point, and something to use for consistency, more than the sole arbiter of quality.

Steve Guttenberg reviews audio gear for CNET, and has written for Home Theater, Home Entertainment, and many other web and print publications. Steve has two favorites. Here’s what he has to say about each:

1. Amber Rubarth, Sessions from the 17th Ward (Chesky Records)

This is a "binaural" recording, made with just one pair of microphones placed where the ears would be in a dummy, human-size head. In other words, Rubarth's vocals and all the instruments were recorded live with just that one pair of mics. On the tune "Good Mystery" the percussion on the right and cello on the left will appear to come from well outside the headphones. The degree of openness will vary depending on the headphone design.

Rubarth's recording is available as a CD or standard or high-res download from

2. Alexandre Desplat, Birth (soundtrack) (New Line Records)

This sumptuous film score, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and recorded at Abbey Road Studios should take your breath away. On "Prologue" the soft to loud dynamic range is impressive, and you should hear the full tonal range, from deep tympani beats to high percussion with equal clarity.

Original article: Best Headphone Test Tracks